The Federal

Celebrating 15 Years In Durham’s Historic Brightleaf District

The Federal first opened in March of 2004, after three guys got together and saw a need for a solid neighborhood bar that celebrated Durham. But not just any neighborhood bar, one that served simple but fantastic food, that would exceed expectations. And with this good food came good beer – 14 micros from around the country and a solid bottle selection.

1/4 Dinner






Butternut Squash Sandwich

Apples, Shaved Onions, Field Greens,

Mascarpone on Marble Rye

Served with Fries or Salad $9



Endive Salad

Kalamata Olives, Goat Cheese, Toasted Almonds, Belgian Endives,

Purple Watercress, Apple-Dijon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction $10


Fried Chicken Biscuit

House-made Biscuit, Sliced Brisket, Slaw,

Ashe County Hoop Cheese, Pimentón Gravy $10



Whole Black Bass

Fried NC Black Bass, Mustard Greens,

Roasted Red Peppers, Kalamata Olives, Basmati Rice,

Hollandaise, Charred Lemon, Bonito Flakes $22